The main purpose of the authority file of published patent documents is to allow all interested parties to assess the completeness of the available patent documentation from the industrial property office (IPO) that generated the authority file.
On this page, you can find the most recent authority files provided by the IPOs to the International Bureau of WIPO or links to the webpages where such authority files compliant with WIPO Standard ST.37 can be found. The recommendations on data elements, structure and format of authority files are provided in WIPO Standard ST.37.
The icons included within the table indicate the file type of the authority file and will initiate a download. The exception is 'HTML' which indicates that the Office is hosting the file locally and you will leave the WIPO website to go to the linked HTML page.
This page was last updated on August 10, 2020.
*The two links provided here are the same, as the definition file information is contained within the instance.
|IP Office||Authority file||Definition file||Coverage||Remark|
|AU||1905-12-04 to 2019-03-08||This AU authority file contains all publication numbers from 1904000001 to 2019201172, and will be updated quarterly.|
|CA||All patents/applications published by CIPO before 2019-12-31||CIPO intends to produce an authority file for published patent documents once each year.|
|CN||1985-09-10 to 2018-06-30||Every six months|
Date range up until 2020-01-30; for DE patents and utility models the start of the date range is 1978-01-01. For other types, all data available.
|Comprehensive; Updated at a yearly interval|
|EA||1996-07-01 and updated monthly||
Authority File is updated on monthly basis
The EPO Authority file contains document from 1978-12-20 and EP 0000001 without gaps onwards. The file is updated every six months and available in three formats: XML, CSV and JSON.
Weekly XML files containing the list of European patent documents published at the corresponding date are also available on publication day on the European Publication Server.
|ES||1826 to 2019||
Inventory of all publication numbers of patents and utility models issued by OEPM from 1826 to the current date. It is a unique download file that includes annual data files. The data is updated monthly.
|FI||Public FI documents from 1933-03-06 to 2018-12-31|
|GB||(ZIP)||(ZIP)*||8 files in total (2 for each decade, starting 1979-1989; 1 for 'A' documents and 1 for 'B' documents) for the UK IPO’s Authority File covering GB New Act cases – 1979 to 2019-12-31||Updated annually|
|JP||1993-01 to 2020-06||Every six months in February and August|
|KR||Up until 2019-05-31||Comprehensive; Updated early June and early December.|
|MC||none provided||From 2002-07-01 to 2020-02-01||Updated twice a year on the 1 February and the 1 September|
|PL||(ZIP)||(ZIP)*||1995-01-31 to 2019-12-31||Provided once a year for a given year in January of the following year|
|RS||none provided||2016-10-27 to 2018-12-31||
Annual update in January; comprehensive
P: 1924-09-24 to 2019-01-22
UM: 1994-06-25 to 2019-01-22
D: 1967 to 2019-01-22
1. New publications – each quarter: February 1, April 1, July 1, October 1;
2. Filling gaps - annually
|SA||none provided||1995-12-23 to 2019-01-10||Every 4 Months|
|SE||1885-06-05 to 2019-06-30||Comprehensive update after each half year|
|UA||1993-01-01 to 2019-12-31||Annual update on February 1; Comprehensive (from 1993-01-01 till end of previous year)|
|US||Pre-Grant publications are Patent Application Publications and Plant Patent Application Publications published beginning 2001-03-15. Pre-Grant Authority file contains only Pre-Grant publications. Patent Grant Authority file contains all published USPTO patent documents, except for Pre-Grant Publications||
Comprehensive Authority Files are normally updated on a monthly basis and available from the USPTO website.
The Pre-Grant and Patent Grant Authority Files contain listings of all US published application publications ("Pre-Grant") and other published or granted patent documents ("Patent Grant") found in USPTO Patent Image databases and list the following fields, where applicable:-Country Code-Document Number-Kind Code-An indication of missing and withdrawn. Note: Additional details are available at the USPTO website.
This authority file is updated on the fourth working day of each week.
1920-01-01 to 2006-08-17